Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (545546) for SB 62
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Gibson) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (450044) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 2484 - 2503
    5  and insert:
    6         (22)TEACHER SALARY INCREASE ALLOCATION.—The Teacher Salary
    7  Increase Allocation is established for the purpose of affording
    8  school districts the opportunity to raise the salaries of
    9  instructional personnel as defined in s. 1012.01(2) and
   10  educational support employees as defined in s. 1012.40(1)(a) in
   11  an effort to address challenges with retention and recruitment
   12  of such personnel and employees in the state’s K-20 education
   13  system. To this end, subject to the annual appropriation of
   14  funds by the Legislature, beginning with the 2020-2021 state
   15  fiscal year and continuing through the 2028-2029 state fiscal
   16  year, funds may be provided to each school district. The
   17  allocation must be funded at a level sufficient to provide a 4.5
   18  percent annual salary increase for all such personnel and
   19  employees, plus a cost-of-living adjustment. This subsection may
   20  not be construed to abridge the membership of any such personnel
   21  or employees in any labor organization or to impact their right
   22  to bargain collectively through a labor organization. In
   23  providing for the voluntary salary increases, the Legislature
   24  does not intend to interfere with the right of school boards to
   25  set the wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment for
   26  their employees.
   27         (a)Beginning with the 2020-2021 fiscal year, funding
   28  sufficient to provide at least the 4.5 percent annual salary
   29  increase and the cost-of-living adjustment authorized by this
   30  section must be calculated using aggregate data on the payments
   31  disbursed to such personnel and employees, as reported by the
   32  Department of Education. Subject to s. 6, Art. I of the State
   33  Constitution, for each year during which a school district
   34  provides the salary increase and the cost-of-living adjustment
   35  authorized by this subsection, or when a school district and
   36  appropriate bargaining units agree to a salary increase, the
   37  school district must receive funds as authorized under this
   38  subsection to cover the incremental cost of the increase. Funds
   39  provided pursuant to this subsection must be incorporated into
   40  the base student allocation for the next fiscal year.
   41         (b)Teacher Salary Increase Allocation funds must be
   42  distributed through the FEFP.
   43         (c)Each district school board, in consultation with each
   44  charter school governing board in that district, may provide
   45  salary increases for such personnel and employees of charter
   46  schools under this subsection if the participating charter
   47  school reports salary schedules adopted pursuant to s. 1012.22,
   48  documents expenditures related to categorical funds to the
   49  department at least 30 days before the start of each legislative
   50  session, and agrees to return all funds received under this
   51  section if a participating charter school’s salary schedules do
   52  not reflect that instructional personnel and educational support
   53  employees actually received the 4.5 percent raise. A
   54  participating charter school that fails to report salary
   55  schedules shall return all funds received under this section.
   56         (d)The Legislature intends that any financial penalty
   57  assessed against a charter school governing board pursuant to
   58  paragraph (c) directly impact funding for that charter school
   59  and not impact funding for the district school board.
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   62  And the title is amended as follows:
   63         Delete lines 3262 - 3269
   64  and insert:
   65         Salary Increase Allocation; providing that funds may
   66         be provided to allow each school district to increase
   67         the minimum base salary of certain instructional
   68         personnel and educational support employees; requiring
   69         allocations to be funded at a certain level; providing
   70         legislative intent; providing for the calculation of
   71         necessary funding; requiring that school districts
   72         that provide such salary increases and cost-of-living
   73         adjustments receive funds to cover the incremental
   74         costs of such increases; requiring funds provided
   75         under the allocation to be incorporated into the base
   76         student allocation for the subsequent fiscal year;
   77         requiring that funds for the teacher salary allocation
   78         be distributed through the Florida Education Finance
   79         Program; authorizing district school boards, in
   80         consultation with charter school governing boards, to
   81         provide salary increases for charter school
   82         instructional personnel and educational support
   83         employees under certain conditions; providing
   84         requirements for the provision of such funds;
   85         requiring the return of allocation funds and payment
   86         of a penalty by participating charter schools in
   87         certain circumstances; providing legislative intent
   88         related to such penalties; conforming